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Leaves on trees / new street lighting
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Snazy


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13-12-2013 10:50 AM

What's the connection between streetlights in the tree canopies, and the trees retaining leaves nearest the lights? Is it the heat, or the artificial light. Or just disrupted wind around the light?

I got some snaps that I will add shortly, but certainly around Church Rise this peculiar thing is happening. Maybe I just never noticed before.

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rshdunlop


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13-12-2013 12:39 PM

The leaves are staying on the trees much longer this year because of the late Spring and mild autumn. So it might just be co-incidental.

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Snazy


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13-12-2013 01:41 PM

Yup I had noticed the general lateness, its just the parts of the trees thay leaves remain on, I shall post pics asap.

So as you can seem, a cluster of leaves close to the lamp head on a couple of trees...

   
   

No lamps, no leaves..
   

Then back to lamps and leaves
   
   

Just peculiar Confused

This post was last modified: 13-12-2013 01:45 PM by Snazy.

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Mr_Numbers


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13-12-2013 04:14 PM

That's amazing! Well spotted! Wow

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Snazy


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13-12-2013 04:49 PM

Noticed last night walking the dogs, with the lights on the trees suddenly looked like they had leaves on again. But from a different angle, you could see it was just around the lamp head. The cold light of day made it all clearer.

Will have to pay attention around other streets too, before the rest drop. Seems only to be the plain trees that have kept them, the horse chestnuts etc haven't been 'affected' so to speak.

Have tried a few Google searches for the answer, but evades me so far. Blink

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Snazy


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13-12-2013 04:51 PM

Oooh here we go...

And trees near streetlights may be affected by the longer light exposure and keep their leaves longer.

http://www.bigsiteofamazingfacts.com/why...han-others

Most city trees, especially ones near streetlights, tend to hold their leaves longer than wild trees

http://www.r4r.ca/en/step-outside/nature...vember2013

So there we go, its because of the artificial light. So maybe I have just missed this for years on end, or maybe the new lighting is in some way more usable by the trees. Or maybe its simply because I am paying more attention to the canopies because of the new lights.

Whichever the answer..... at least that little mystery is solved lol

This post was last modified: 13-12-2013 04:56 PM by Snazy.

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rshdunlop


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13-12-2013 05:25 PM

Well spotted indeed! Another effect of street lights is confused birds. I have a robin that perches in a tree just outside my house where there is a street lamp and he often sings all night (although not for long, as soon as I find my slingshot).

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Snazy


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14-12-2013 07:23 PM

Aww no way. Poor little thing all confused. Be grateful its not the parakeets that are confused lol

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